Alison Siegler Named to Committee to Assist in Selecting Federal District Court Judges for Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin today announced the formation of a bipartisan screening committee to assist in selecting Federal District Court Judges for the Northern District of Illinois. There are currently three vacant judgeships in the Northern District, and the immediate task of the screening committee is to review applications and make recommendations to Durbin for filling current and future vacancies.
The screening committee will be comprised of 13 distinguished Illinoisans drawn from various aspects of the legal profession including former judges, prominent litigators, bar association leaders, and former prosecutors and defenders. The committee will be co-chaired by former Cook County State’s Attorney Dick Devine and Patricia Holmes, a partner at Schiff Hardin and former state trial judge and Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. (A complete list and short bios of all panel members is included below.)
“Making recommendations to the White House on judicial nominees is one of the most important jobs I have as a U.S. Senator, and I am particularly pleased that these outstanding Illinoisans have agreed to advise me in selecting the best possible candidates to recommend to President Obama,” said Durbin.
Alison Siegler. Ms. Siegler is an Associate Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School and is the founder and director of the school’s Federal Criminal Justice Clinic. Previously she served as a staff attorney with the Federal Defender Program in Chicago. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and of the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In 2012 she received the Excellence in Public Interest Service Award from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Federal Bar Association.